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Liverpool star arrested over alleged assault on ex

England footballer Stewart Downing has been arrested on suspicion of assault following a row in a pub, according to reports.

The Liverpool winger was held along with a 32-year-old woman -- believed to be an ex-partner -- after officers were called to a venue near Middlesbrough, shortly before 1am yesterday.

Cleveland Police said the two arrested were later bailed after being held for questioning and inquiries were continuing.